Public health alerts issued in Sydney after two doctors test positive for COVID-19

13 October 2020, Written by David Simmons

Public health alerts issued in Sydney after two doctors test positive for COVID-19

NSW Health has issued several public health alerts overnight after two doctors that worked at a medical clinic in Lakemba tested positive for COVID-19.

Both cases worked at the A2Z Medical Clinic in Lakemba, forcing all staff at the clinic into isolation and sparking a contract tracing flurry for NSW Health.

NSW Health is in the process of contacting everyone considered to be a close contact of the two cases, both of which are connected to a previously reported case who attended Lakemba Radiology.

According to health authorities, anyone who attended A2Z Medical Clinic at the following times should self-isolate for 14 days and get tested if symptoms occur.

  • Thursday, 1 October, 2.30-3.30pm
  • Friday, 9 October, 3-4.30pm
  • Saturday, 10 October, all day

Some people will be managed as close contacts and NSW Health will contact everyone directly to provide tailored advice depending on their exposure.

The patient that is a confirmed COVID-19 case also attended Isra Medical Practice in Lakemba, and anyone who attended the venue on Monday, 5 October between 7.15pm to 7.40pm is considered a casual contact.

NSW Health has also advised that previously reported cases attended the Ingleburn Hotel on Sunday, 4 October from 3-6pm:

  • Ingleburn Hotel Bar Room: anyone who spent an hour or more in the Bar Room between these times is considered a close contact and must immediately isolate and be tested. Anyone who spent less than an hour there is considered a casual contact.
  • Ingleburn Hotel Bistro and Gaming Room: anyone who attended either of these areas in the hotel is considered a casual contact.

Authorities also say those who used the following train services at the specified times are also considered a casual contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case:

  • Thursday, 1 October, from Wiley Park Station to Lakemba Station, between 12.02 and 12.14pm
  • Thursday, 1 October, from Lakemba Station to Wiley Park Station, between 3.14pm and 3.27pm
  • Tuesday, 6 October, from Wiley Park Station to Lakemba Station, between 12.10pm and 12.30pm
  • Tuesday, 6 October, from Lakemba Station to Wiley Park Station, between 1:42pm and 1:58pm

Earlier yesterday evening NSW Health announced anyone who attended the Ali Dine Inn and Take Away Lakemba on Friday 9 October, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm is considered a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case and must isolate for 14 days.

NSW reported six new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, including one new locally acquired case.

Updated at 9.34am AEDT on 13 October 2020.

 
Author: David Simmons

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